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Can RFID Track Lettuce?

Posted By RFID Journal, 05.12.2015

What types of labels would I need to use RFID on boxes of lettuce?

—Name withheld


The answer to this question would depend on a few factors. If you are using corrugated cardboard boxes, the boxes will absorb water. You would thus need to use a transponder designed to work near water. Several companies have developed tags that can be embedded in corrugate during manufacturing, though I don't think anyone is currently doing that. If the boxes are made of plastic, then you need not worry about the water issue. In both cases, you will need to find a label that can withstand getting muddy in the field and survive repeated washings.

Your best bet would probably be not a label but a tag designed for harsh environments, such as HID Global's SlimFlex tag. And there are many other plastic-encased tags from Metalcraft, Securitag Assembly Group, The Tag Factory, William Frick & Co., and other companies that would likely work for your needs. The plastic housing would protect the tag and enable it to last as long as the plastic box.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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